Indore: Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court has directed Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) to transfer BEd students of unaffiliated Imperial College of Professional Studies to some other college. Division bench of Justice PK Jaiswal and SK Awasthi issued the order giving 15 days to the university to do the needful.

The directions came on petitions filed by students of Imperial College which failed to obtain renewal of affiliation from the university. Nearly 150 BEd aspirants were allocated to Imperial College by Department of Higher Education through centralised online admission counselling.

Recognised by National Council for Teacher Education, it lacked affiliation from the university.  The university took first and second semester exams of 2016-17 batch students but did not declare their results. Resultantly, the students moved court seeking their results, transfer to other college and compensation from all respondents including the college, the university and the DHE.

In their petition, the students said their grievance is due to dispute between the university and the college in respect of the issue regarding affiliation. The university was not declaring their results for the academic session 2016-17. The petitioners informed the court that their college had applied for the affiliation/renewal of affiliation but it was denied the same following non-compliance of Code-28 norm. As per the norms, the college are required to appoint qualified faculty.

The petitioners argued in the court that if the university decided to withdraw the affiliation of the college due to non-compliance of the norms, then such decision should not affect the interests of the students of the college who were on its rolls. On the other hand, the university counsel Lokesh Mehta said that the university inspected the college and found that it had not appointed teachers as per norms dispite repeated reminders. Resultantly, it was denied affiliation.

The court was also informed that the standing committee and thereafter the executive committee of the university decided that the students can be transferred to any other college as the seats are vacant in number of colleges. “After listening to all parties, the court directed the university to take appropriate decision for transferring the students to other college and pass an appropriate order within a period of 15 days,” said Ashish Sharma, counsel of petitioners.

Transfer of students soon: DAVV

After the verdict, DAVV said students will be transferred to other college. There are many colleges, which have vacancies in BEd course. “We will shift aggrieved students of Imperial College to those colleges,” registrar Ajay Verma said. He said the university would call letter of intent from colleges, which are willing to accept students of Imperial College.

Third case in 10 years

This will be third case of transfer of students from one institute to another for non-compliance of norms. In 2009, students of MSc (genetic engineering) course of Softvision College were shifted to School of Biotechnology. Similarly, in 2010 students of an ayurvedic college were transferred to colleges in Ujjain and Indore as it was found to be functioning without necessary permission.

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